Hello, my friends in Oneness,
Well, I'm a sucker for a song with a great theme, no matter what the content. As I'm going about my days that consist of driving to treatment sessions throughout the state, and since I am deeply involved in Christmas Spirit this year, I've been cranking my favorite songs for the holidays! Most of them I'm sure you've heard, but there's one that you may not have, and it's by one of my favorite artists of all time, Barry Manilow (OK, let the chuckles begin, but this generational songsmith was a huge part of my youth). This specific song is not the traditional 'happy, uplifting, and positive' Christmas song, that we've all come to know and love. In fact, it's quite depressing! But I love it just the same, and it inspired me this morning to expand upon it, from a Oneness perspective in this recent blog of mine. So, without further ado, let's take a look at: "I Guess There Ain't No Santa Claus", (I will also be adding the YouTube video here as well so you can listen to this most beautiful song)
"I got evenings to spare, that nobody will share. I guess there ain't no Santa Claus"
So, how's that for a depressing thought? We know that as joyous as the holidays can be, there's an awful lot of room for melancholy and the blues. It's only natural, especially for those who might be estranged, or not have loved ones to speak of to share these days with. A recent breakup, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the near completion of a shitty year, the instability and lack of peace and Oneness throughout the world, man this list could go on and on, but we all get the picture. As easy as it might be to be cheerful and filled with joy during the holidays, it's just as easy to be depressed and feel lonely.
"I got wine, I got cheer, I got nobody here. I guess there ain't no Santa Claus"
Discussing this topic easily ties into our Mental Health Awareness concerns, and conversations, and rightfully so, but I'll do my best to adhere to what I know best. ONENESS! Some still don't care to consider a spiritual perspective on matters that are this important, but I am not one of them, and my reasoning is simple. Answers to ANY of our problems no matter how severe or impactful on our lives are always resolved by 'going within'. When you listen to the song and the lyrics you'll see that this person, for whatever reason, feels alone during this joyous season. We don't know 'why?' this person feels the way he or she does, we just know that there's a deep sense of depression going on here.
"Sugar plums in my head, only me in my bed. I guess there ain't no Santa Claus"
So, we know that our lead character feels alone. This is a safe assumption, and the correct one I might add, but notice that I said 'feels' alone. What is this 'feeling'? How does someone 'feel' alone? Is it a physical bruise, or a scratch on your skin? What does this person literally 'feel'? The obvious answer is that he or she feels depressed. Well, we can ask the same questions about depression and have answers that come up just as empty. Whatever the 'feeling' is when someone is trapped in this state, it is triggered by their thoughts, plain and simple. Any of the events or happenings that I referenced earlier (break-up etc) can easily lead us to thoughts that will make us feel down and depressed. It is quite a natural occurrence and one that I don't debate. BUT, what Oneness teaches us is the knowing that feelings only occur as a result of what we are THINKING. Using this song as an example, we see our lead character feeling depressed because he or she is compounding thoughts of being alone during the holidays. This might be the case, either way, we don't know. But make no mistake about it, the feelings of this person are being triggered by their thoughts, thoughts that can be changed immediately. If our lead character had thoughts of finding that next love, or any other thoughts that are positive in nature, he or she wouldn't 'feel' depressed (and the theme of the song would change dramatically!)
Change your mind, Change your life.
Yes, it does sound too good to be true. I'll be the first to admit it. But I know that our spirit emanates from love, peace, and joy, not depression. When we are connected or reconnect with that truth (which is done by a thought) we are aligned with our higher self, our source, our God. Oneness is nothing more than our birthright to that connection. We are fully entitled to it. Especially during the holidays! Check out the song!
'That Oneness Guy'